APN Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship 2024/25

The African Peacebuilding Network (APN) is providing senior African scholars and researchers with a unique opportunity to participate in its Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship for the year 2024-25. The APN is a subsidiary of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), which seeks to collaborate with scholars and researchers in African universities, training centres, and policy organisations. The Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship is an essential complement to the APN’s field-based and networking components, and it is aimed at creating research projects that will help shape the continent’s conflict and peacebuilding policies and practices.


The APN Collaborative Working Group Research Fellowship is worth $60,000 and will last for eighteen months. The number of awards granted is not stated, and the study level is for PhD and Master studies. The fellowship is open to scholars or practitioners based in Africa, and the lead investigator must be a full professor based in an African university and hold a PhD. The competition is open to joint researcher-practitioner teams of six members, comprising Africans based at or affiliated with universities, regional organizations, government agencies, or nongovernmental, media, or civil society organizations located in at least three countries on the continent.


It is expected that teams reflect diversity as much as possible and include individuals from a range of professional, institutional, national, regional, disciplinary, gender, and generational backgrounds and experiences. The project should also leverage strong mentoring relationships between senior and junior members of the team while encouraging both scholarly and practitioner participation as well as engagement with universities and regional practitioner/policy institutions. Applications for the fellowship should be submitted through the SSRC’s Open Water Application Portal by the university-based lead investigator of the collaborative research working group, who must also be a full professor with a strong research background in African peace, security, and development studies. The application deadline is February 11, 2023.


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